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  • On An Overgrown Path: Early musician who could have become a great conductor
    and he d have to go out and reorganise it himself BS Listening to your recordings of the Early Music Consort I am struck by the freshness and spontaneity of it all They sound almost improvised in fact Did David Munrow come into the studio with a clear plan for the record Did you know what he was going to record CB Oh absolutely Everything was completely organised totally But what you say about improvisation is actually true because in some pieces he used to decorate He and John Turner the second recorder player they used to fiddle around and decorate in the most delightful way Whether they rehearsed the basic idea or whether it was second nature to them I just don t know really but it was extremely free Some of the improvisation was very jazzy I can t really believe some of the improvised rhythms were used in the 16th century His music was improvised because if you did two takes the second would be different to the first Now that posed slight problems for us sometimes if we tried to edit between them and it wasn t always easy But as all the pieces were very short if it went wrong he did it again BS So there was very little editing We hear so many stories today about very short takes and it all been spliced together was there very much editing required after those David Munrow sessions CB No there wasn t very little indeed Because we really didn t need to because they were so good and you could redo the whole piece if it only lasted two or three minutes It s not like a symphony where you have to slice in a chunk BS There is this stereotype of David Munrow as being an early music specialist But in fact this is not true at all He was involved in modern music and he was involved in film scores He was a much broader musician than this early music category wasn t he CB He started with early music and moved on from there In the same way I suppose that Neville Marriner started with 18th century music and moved on from there and Raymond Leppard the same But the fact that he was able to change his interest and his concept was fascinating BS How important were the film scores CB Well the only one that I had anything to do with was Henry VIII That consisted almost entirely of old music except for one piece which is the music for the joust where Henry VIII is sitting there looking jealous there is sort of tortured music he is sitting there looking at Anne Boleyn flirting with young courtiers Then eventually that music is used on his deathbed It is very effective he says that it is aleatoric which means it has been done by the throw of the dice But I don t believe that is true at all I don t believe he made it up I believe he wrote it but it is extremely effective BS That is very interesting I hadn t heard he claimed it was aleatoric music obviously there are connections there with John Cage and other contemporary composers like Alvin Curran whose Inner Cities piano cycle I broadcast on Future Radio recently It s amazing how all these threads come together we are not talking here just about early and medieval music it s much broader than that CB Well I think it would have been I think it had only just started I m not sure how much he would have known about John Cage in those days to be quite fair But I think he had begun to develop into a different kind of musician from just the recorder player Because he was so intelligent and had such a lot of energy and the Pied Piper programmes were amazingly broad he was quite happy to talk about Mahler and Wagner and so on he was by no means narrow Was he frantic to deal with BS Tell us about more about working with him in the recording studio We get the impression of someone who was incredibly driven you say he was working all night he was working across radio and television and cinema he was recording LPs and of course performing in the concert hall That was very unusual in the 1970s he was a true multi media artist CB Well he was pretty terrifying to deal with because he got himself into a pretty high pressured state I think his blood pressure must have been horrendous But his face partly because he played a wind instrument and of course he was puffing all the time his face was usually a sort of red colour He was very very driven that is a very good word for him He was totally driven he spent all his time working at music I don t know what he did to relax one never saw him relax but then I only saw him in the studio and doing concerts BS Some of the music David Munrow composed is quite extraordinary If you played a piece like his music for the jousting scene from Henry VIII that we talked about earlier to someone without telling them who the composer was I suspect they would never suggest it was by him CB Well you are used to David Munrow the performer and of course he wouldn t have performed that sort of music in his early music concerts I produced the music for the film and I think the music was composed by chance or otherwise for the film and not the BBC programme although I can t quite recall I can remember the film appearing on the screen in the recording studio as it does and you see little bits the wrong way round and think who on earth is that it is someone

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The fall of the leaf
    for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Monday December 14 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels gerald finzi london philharmonic orchestra Naomi Saihib Nye sir adrian boult Newer Post Older Post Home Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove they will come Music demands some effort from the listener My young pianist of the year Survival of the quietest Thinking outside the control box November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27

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  • On An Overgrown Path: If you lay down a solid groove, they will come
    after publication readership was predictably slow but then Alex Ross one of the few established commentators to defy the sterile conformity of today s music industry bravely re tweeted my post The story of a classical musician s journey from Mozart to Morisco then started to gather momentum and following the Paris atrocities it was featured on both Facebook and Twitter by the British musician Sami Yusuf who was born in Tehran of Iranian Azerbaijani descent Now Sami Yusuf s name may not mean much to dedicated followers of Western classical music but he is a very big deal in global markets To illustrate how big that deal is Alex Ross has 83 800 Twitter followers Sami Yusuf has 581 000 That kind of exposure has resulted in a niche article receiving to date 3968 Facebook likes and 85 shares and 141 Twitter likes and 58 re tweets Which means that it is already the second most widely read article ever published On An Overgrown Path the most widely read is incidentally another unlikely piece explaining why I declined to become a Huffington Post contributor Marketing dogma dictates that art music is driven by the next big thing syndrome Yesterday laid back concert dress disco lighting streaming services and Gustavo Dudamel were the next big thing Today it is Max Richter Beatrice Rana and YouTube Music And over all this there is the moving feast of the anniversary big thing Sibelius Nielsen or whoever has a monetizable birthday Yet none of these big things past or present have generated the sea change predicted by the industry experts And the reason is that the whole next big thing fixation is a self serving commercial fallacy There is no next big thing because art music is not a big thing market It is a lot of little things market Mahler Sufi music Nielsen Indian music Sibelius contemporary music Balkan music and much much else Classical music s obsession with the next big thing is foolish and damaging If you lay down lots of different solid grooves lots of different audiences will come And lots of different audiences means one big but diverse total audience Diversity both ethnic and stylistic is the key to a healthy future for art music In the interview which incidentally I consider one of my most worthwhile projects in eleven years of blogging Ali Keeler tells it exactly as it is Western classical music would do good to connect with other living traditional forms of music and introduce rhythmic elements which are more stimulating and attractive Another element that is lacking in western classical music in general is improvisation It is important that this creative element is given a space in classical pieces This could be a key to its rejuvenation Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Wednesday December 09 2015 Email

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Music demands some effort from the listener
    won t object Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Tuesday December 08 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Audio Technica AT F3 III benjamin britten philadelphia orchestra riccardo muti SME Series IIIS Technics thorens td125 No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove they will come Music demands some effort from the listener My young pianist of the year Survival of the quietest Thinking outside the control box November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8

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  • On An Overgrown Path: My young pianist of the year
    December 07 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Bergerac daniel humaire glenn gould Katie Hopkins pierre michelot rene urtreger Sinfini Music 1 comment Out of the lion s mouth said Oddly enough just yesterday I was reading Kaikhosru Sorabji writing about female instrumentalists in 1932 In his essay from Around Music and he had this to say To hear Bach for instance with feminine charms smeared all over him by some of our young lady pianists is an indescribably nauseating experience Moreover women performers are quite shameless and unscrupulous in the way in which they so constantly trail the sexual red herring across the path of the public s better judgement He continues The one or two really great women instrumentalists naturally have no need or use for contemptible tricks of this kind It is of course classic vitriolic Sorabji but there are grains of truth in it that are echoed today as you so ably illustrate above 8 08 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Survival of the quietest
    Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels france john cage mont ventoux No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove they will come Music demands some effort from the listener My young pianist of the year Survival of the quietest Thinking outside the control box November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Thinking outside the control box
    to the Om to the One to the planet and outer space It s way before you had the construction of how to control people because religions are just control systems anyway Bill Laswell speaking to Peter Lavezzoli in The Dawn of Indian Music in the West Soundtrack is Exil from Olivier Moret string bass and the Syrian brothers Khaled and Mohanad Aljaramani oud and percussion The Aljaramani brothers featured in my 2011 post Syria remember the musicians No review samples involved in this post Any copyrighted material is included as fair use for critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Also on Facebook and Twitter Posted by Pliable at Wednesday December 02 2015 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bill laswell christianity James Hilman Khaled Aljaramani Mohanad Aljaramani Olivier Moret Peter Lavezzoli Rahak Eks No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 Why do we still not believe in Negro symphony cond That s the state of the record business Classical music and the catastrophe of abundance Reddit before going to bed Roll up Roll up for the magical mystery tour Mawlid at Abbey Road A synthesiser orchestra of Wagnerian scale Why you should never believe music industry expert The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised b Young gifted black and inappropriate What makes a good performer Is this Mahler s Eleventh Symphony Another composer from the twilight zone Sinfini Music and collateral damage Early musician who could have become a great condu The fall of the leaf If you lay down a solid groove they will come

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The Akathistos Hymn - modern medieval music
    co dot uk If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to Orthodox Church of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Posted by Pliable at Saturday May 06 2006 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest 1 comment Garth Trinkl said pliable thank you for the excellent lead I will look forward to hearing the Gothic label recording that you review here In the meantime I will find my Hyperion CD of Ivan Moody s Passion and Resurrection as performed by Red Byrd and Cappella Amsterdam under Daniel Reuss which I recall is almost 80 minutes long CDA 66999 As you cite some of his shorter sacred works are also on two recent ECM New recordings by the Trio Medieval Thanks also for the interesting Orthodox church photo and the link to English churches 2 44 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August 24 July 38 June 29 May 5 April 34 March 9 February 33 January

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